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    Karen Kolb, right, received a hug from friend Luke Buchta, both of Jasper, after a group of Kolb's friends, family and co-workers gathered for a party to shave their heads at Snaps in Jasper on Wednesday. Nine people, mostly co-workers from surgical services at Memorial Hospital, including Linda Hoffman, Beth and Dave Head, Jim Eades, Adam LeClere, Shawn Knotts, Kolb's husband, Charles, and their son, Chris, all of Jasper, decided to shave their heads to support Karen, who began chemotherapy Thursday after being diagnosed with breast cancer March 14. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Justin Patton of Jasper lifted his son, Cale, 1, into the air while Justin's wife, Kira, kayaked in Patoka Lake on Aug. 27. The couple started the process 28 months ago to adopt two children from Uganda -- and are still waiting. They've since created a group called Forever Families with the intent of helping local families pay for adoptions. The group will hold its inaugural Forever 5K Run/Walk Saturday, with proceeds going toward the Pattons' adoption and that of a second family. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Andrew Franklin, left, and Quentin Lechner, both 11, shot hoops and played Around the World after school the afternoon of March 6 at Gutzweiler Park near their Jasper homes. The two said they werenÕt bothered by the snow or the cold. ÒSince we are moving around, we are staying warm,Ó Andrew said. ÒYeah, kinetic energy,Ó Quentin added. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Snow flurries amassed steeple at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Jasper on Dec. 6. The National Weather Service office in Louisville is calling for up to 6 to 10 inches of snow to fall on top of as much as an inch of sleet across Dubois County today. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Tom Carmody of Denver, Colorado, left, Paul Raines of Phoenix, Arizona, second left, Ron Robertson of San Juan Capistrano, California, right, and Don White of Orange County, not pictured left, laughed with one another as they relaxed in the hot tub at Santa's Lodge in Santa Claus after they checked into their rooms on March 22. All four Santas are members of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas that convened together for the Jim Yellig Workshop. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Family and friends seemingly took over the lieutenant governor's office as they joined Ferdinand native Sue Ellspermann at the Statehouse on the eve of her inauguration on Jan. 13. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Jamie Giesler of Ferdinand, left, caught her breath after being surprised by her bone marrow donor Dustin Williams of Dallas during the Dubois County Leukemia Association's annual benefit dinner at the Huntingburg Event Center on April 6. Giesler, who received a bone marrow transplant on March 26, 2008, had never met Williams and didn't know that he would be at the benefit. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Zach Beckman, right, wiped the tears from his grandmother Florence Beckman, both of Jasper, after Florence and her family were presented the 2013 Holy Family School Distinguished Family Award on Jan. 31 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. Florence teared up while talking about her late husband, Chuck. The award is given annually during Catholic Schools Week to a family that has had several generations attend the Jasper school and exemplifies sincere family values and traditions. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Clyde Melton of Celestine, left, Melinda Sketo of Paoli and Maria Abel-Crecelius of Paoli joined a handful of musicians during a jam session for the late Paul Michael Ash of Ferdinand on the afternoon of April 1 during Ash's visitation at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Ash died Thursday of prostate cancer. Friends were encouraged to bring their instruments to participate in a music jam during the visitation for Ash, who was a self-taught singer-songwriter and was known in the area for his music. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Forest Park High School senior Casey Thayer, left, walked with instructional assistant Sarah Rogers after finding Thayer's handmade bottle rocket at the third annual field day hosted by Boy Scouts of America Buffalo Trace Council's outreach programs at the Old Ben Scout Reservation in Winslow on May 3. Students with special needs from Forest Park Junior-Senior and Jasper high schools attended the event. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Charlie Dupps of Jasper walked through Fairview Cemetery in Jasper on May 23 as he placed flags at each veteran's grave in observance of Memorial Day. Dupps was joined by five other members of Jasper American Legion Post 147 to put up more than 900 flags at Fairview, St. Joseph and Enlow City cemeteries. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    About 45 members from Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion and Ferdinand Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11365 processed through the cemetery at St. Henry Catholic Church on the morning of May 25 to conduct services in honor of Memorial Day. The members conducted a second service at the flagpole near the St. Ferdinand Spiritual Life Center in Ferdinand. Local veterans conducted Memorial Day services in cemeteries across the county over the weekend. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Tyler Lampert of Dubois knelt at the grave site of his high school buddy and fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Alec Terwiske of Dubois on Sept. 3 in St. Celestine Cemetery in Celestine during a memorial on the one-year anniversary of TerwiskeÕs death. Terwiske, 21, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Sept. 3, 2012, while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom. Terwiske and Lampert graduated from Northeast Dubois High School in 2010 and Lampert is a lance corporal in the Marine Corps Reserve. Thirty family members, friends and members of both the Marine Corps League and Marine Family Support Group met to remember TerwiskeÕs sacrifice and placed flags at his grave. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Elizabeth Schepers of Celestine, 8, waited in line outside of St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine on May 5 as she prepared to receive the Catholic sacrament of Eucharist for the first time. The Eucharist is one of the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Dan Lechner, left, Gary Sorgius, Bill Wehr and Allan Auld surveyed damage the morning of June 27 that the previous evening storm did to Wehr's grain bins on his farm at county roads 300N and 750W in Ireland. Lechner is from Lechner's Excavating in Ireland and both Sorgius and Auld are with the Otwell-based Ripco Ltd., the company that built the bins. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Eugene Verkamp of Schnellville tapped finishing staples flush with the wood as he worked with a handful of volunteers to put new carpeting in the sanctuary of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville on Aug. 19. Eugene is a second cousin to Gerry Verkamp of Schnellville and his brother Stan of Jasper who together own Verkamp Construction and are in charge of replacing the approximately 40-year-old carpet in the church. The process started Saturday with the removal of the kneelers, and then the pews were moved after the Sunday service. Gerry said they hope to put new carpet on the one side this week and put the pews back in place for this SundayÕs service and then carpet the second half of the church next week. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    The combination fireworks store and apartment building at 6 S. Washington St. in Dale was destroyed by fire May 28. A nearby restaurant and gas station were evacuated. No one was injured. There were at least four apartments in the building, and at least six residents; all of the residents escaped injury. Firefighters went to the scene when the fire was reported at 6:11 p.m. CDT and stayed until after 1 a.m. CDT. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Quinton Hawes of Dubois practiced putting wood chalks into a sprinkler head to dam the water during a fire training class at the 35th Street fire station in Jasper on Oct. 16. Doug Fischer of Schnellville, a firefighter with the Schnellville Volunteer Fire Department, said it's a skill not commonly used but is one that the State of Indiana still requires firefighters to know. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Kyle Cook and Vince Helming, both of Jasper and employees of Helming Brothers, prepared the rigging to lower the cross that sits atop the steeple tower of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper on Sept. 23. The harvest moon could be seen alongside the tower at the time of the work. It was the first time that the cross had been removed from the steeple in about 25 years. Helming Brothers will repair damage that the 7-foot-tall copper cross has suffered from lighting strikes and also will apply new gold leaf. The crossÕ 2-foot-tall base also was removed to be repaired and have new gold leaf applied. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Children rode the swing ride at the midway as the setting sun lit up the clouds during the Otwell Fourth of July Celebration on July 4. The festival became more crowded around sundown because of the firework show later in the night. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Brian Beazly of Louisville leaned back to push a hot air balloon into the carrying case with help from Steve Wigand of Jasper, right, on Tuesday after landing in a field along Division Road in Jasper owned by Jamie Small on Jan. 22. Two balloons landed in the field. Beazly and friend Bill Smith of Louisville, left, flew the balloons from Springfield, Ill., as part of a distance race called the Long Jump Challenge. They traveled 172 miles and averaged 80 miles per hour. Smith said that in the winter months the jet streams are at a lower altitude, making it easier for the balloons to go farther and faster. Both Beazly and Smith have participated in the Strassenfest hot air balloon race, which Wigand organizes. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Allyson Werner, 10, left, slept nuzzled with her cousin Breanne Werner, 15, both of Ferdinand, in the early morning hours on July 18 in the cattle barn. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Little Miss Herbstfest contestants Paige Kemp, 7, left, Annika Beard, 6, Mallory Tooley, 6, and Sierra Hume, 7, all of Huntingburg, passed time in the dugout at League Stadium while waiting for the Junior Miss contestants to finish their questions on Sept. 27 at League Stadium in Huntingburg. The fest continues today and runs through Sunday. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Dance Company No. 1 dancers, clockwise from lower left, Rosa Balducci, 17, Kristina Low, 17, Janina Grobe, 21, Elisabeth Honig, 20, Katrin Muller, 16, Raffaela Kraus, 17, and Melissa Buttlar, 18, all of Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany, did stretches before learning jazz-style dancing at Dance Central Academy of Performing Arts in Jasper on Aug. 1. The troupe of 34 dancers, who are staying with host families while in Jasper, are on the Strassenfest schedule to teach German and polka dances at the Cabby O'Neill Gymnasium at 4:30 p.m. today and to perform at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the gym. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Libby, left, and Katey Bell, 13-year-old sisters of Huntingburg, and Hannah Welp, 13, and Nathan Freyberger, 12, both of Jasper, jumped on a chalk mural created by Laura Pommier of Jasper at the Jasper Community Arts Commission's annual Chalk Walk Arts Festival on the Square in Jasper on May 11. The mural was a 3-D illusion based on French impressionist painter Claude Monet's "Lily Pond." Chalk walk attendees could walk across the drawn bridge and have a photo taken from above to make it look like they were in the drawing. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Laughter forced Tyler Herzog of Jasper, 12, left, to pause from hauling his brother Joey, 10, and sister Cadi, 7, on a sled through a trail of jumps followed by their dog, Joe Joe, in a cornfield at the Jasper home of their father, Randy, on Aug. 19. The jumps stay year-round, even during the growing season, so the kids have something to do to occupy their time. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Indiana Department of Natural Resources employees Dan Carnahan, Craig Roberts and Ryan Gourley checked one of several nets in Beaver Lake on the morning of June 18 as they conducted a fish count of the lake. As part of the survey, several nets were placed in the lake Tuesday, and the next day the three men from the Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Area in Winslow counted the fish collected. The survey was to check to see how the fish population was doing after the lake was drained last year for the installation of the newly enlarged spillway at the lakeÕs dam. As part of the survey, Carnahan said they still have to electroshock the lake, which uses electricity to stun the fish and cause them to float to the surface to be gathered for data before being released back into the lake. That survey will be conducted at night, most likely early next month. Carnahan said he is encouraged to see the amount of fish and the different species caught in their nets so far. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Luke Hassenour, 9, and Will Weinzapfel, 10, both of St. Anthony, rowed their Duck Dynasty-themed coffin-style boat to victory during the "hoot race" during the Holy Family School Cardboard Boat Regatta in Jasper on Aug. 10. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Jalen Whitsitt of Jasper, 12, left, splashed into the dunk tank when Kailey Hagedorn of Jasper, 8, pushed the target after her ball bounced off of it without dunking Jalen during the Dog 'n Suds fundraiser at First Church of the Nazarene in Huntingburg on Aug. 7. Children from the church worked 30-minute shifts taking and delivering food orders. Money raised at the event goes to Child Sponsorship Compassionate Ministries. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Adam Niehaus of Huntingburg, 15, laughed as his friends buried him in playground pebbles at the Holland Community Fest at Holland Park on Sept. 14. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Maria Morales, right, helped Chelsey Castillo, 8, both of Jasper, adjust her headpiece during a break in the performance of the Latin American traditional religious dancers called Matachines at a celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 8 in the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Jasper. The dancing followed a Mass for the feast day of the patron saint of Mexico. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Anna Underwood of Ireland, 8, tried to catch play money in the money machine at the Ireland Volunteer Fire Station during the St. PatrickÕs Celebration on March 16. Anna and other members of Brownie Troop 357 of Ireland volunteered to work at the kidsÕ games to help them earn a Celebrating Community badge that involves performing community service and being in a parade. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Daniel Sipes, 6, played in the pile of leaves that he had helped his father, also named Daniel, rake in their yard on 15th Street in Jasper on Dec. 1. Mr. Sipes said he and his four children were playing outside to take advantage of the warmer weather while it lasts. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Prestyn Balsmeyer of Huntingburg, 14, right, and his brother Chanler, 11, pulled with all their strength during the tug of war competition the evening of July 18 during the Dubois County 4-H Fair. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Members of the Big Hoggers team -- Chase Verkamp of St. Anthony, 9, left, Jason Welp of Schnellville, 9, Landon Nalley of Birdseye, 10, and Clayton Brames of Huntingburg, 9 -- worked together to wrestle a pig during the annual hog wrestling contest at the Dubois County 4-H Fair on July 13. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Kennedy Nicholson of Jasper, 11, second form left, held Emma McKinney of Otwell, 9, during Fun Fitness Zones, an activity in recognition of National Gymnastics Day, at Hodgini School of Dance and Gymnastics in Jasper on Sept. 21. USA Gymnastics has been celebrating the national day annually since 2001 by encouraging gyms across the country to participate at all levels. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Jasper High School senior Andy Hopf rested on his classmate Nate Messier after the two wrestled with other classmates in the mud between mud volleyball matches on May 21. After a morning of exams, the seniors had a chance to play mud volleyball in mud pits on the back side of the Jasper High School Sports Complex. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Alexzandrea Palma of St. Anthony, 3, left, Hevin Clark of Birdseye, 5, and her sister Angel, 4, laughed as they spun on one of the rides at the Huntingburg Herbstfest at the city park Sept. 26. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Mona Brewster of Kayana decorated a fiberglass horse at her home Monday with white ribbons after painting the horse pink in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 14. Brewster is a two-time breast cancer survivor but recently was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in her jaw; she will have surgery later this month. Brewster said she painted the horse pink after God spoke to her in the wake of her recent diagnosis. "If it can make one person laugh, while bringing awareness to cancer, then I've done my job," she said, adding that the horse is available for use in community events to raise awareness. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    When Jim Ring heads out to the chicken coop behind his Holland home, his 44 chickens certainly know that itÕs time to eat. The chickens often follow Ring like they did the afternoon of Jan. 22 when he fed them and gathered the 39 eggs they had laid that day. As a child, Ring raised chickens on the same property, which has been in his family since the 1850s. But it wasnÕt until about 10 years ago, he said, that he started raising them again after his daughter Julie Litkenhus brought home chickens from a classroom project she conducted while teaching at the David Turnham Educational Center in Dale. Since then, Ring has taken up the hobby of raising the chickens because they are fun to watch, he said, and he enjoys the brown eggs. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Steve Kruger touched the memorial stone he and Brad Popp, both of Jasper, installed on top of Kruger's building in the northeast corner of the Square in Jasper on Nov. 10 in honor of his late son, Douglas S. Kruger, who was killed in a car accident in August 1997. Steve renamed the building, formerly known as the Sprauer Building, in his son's honor. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Michelle Boeglin massaged ointment onto her 20-month-old son Dakota's surgery scars to help them heal properly at their Ferdinand home on Dec. 4. Dakota was born with congenital hairy nevus, a mole down his skull and over his left eye. Since May, he's had 11 surgeries to remove the mole, which has a 90 percent chance of becoming cancerous at any time. He's expected to have 20 to 30 surgeries by the time he is 5. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Mae Atkins of Birdseye was overwhelmed with emotion when it was announced that she was to be crowned the senior queen of the annual Birdseye picnic at the town park on Aug. 23. Birdseye Park Board President Janet Partenheimer crowned the 95-year-old winner as she was congratulated by fellow contestants Kathleen Ingle, 84, and Kathleen Berg, 91, all of Birdseye. The winner was decided by penny votes and Ingle admitted to feeding money into AtkinsÕ container in Birdseye General Store to boost AtkinsÕ chances of winning. The contest raised $656.87. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Noah Wright of Huntingburg, 6, blew a bubble before the Dubois County Bombers game against Madisonville at League Stadium in Huntingburg on July 23. The start of the game was delayed one hour because of a storm. The Bombers lost 8-1 in their final regular-season home game. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Tucker Woolems of Dubois, 2, closed his eyes before swinging the bat while playing whiffle ball with his dad, Luke, at Septemberfest in Dubois on Aug. 30. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Pine Ridge Elementary kindergartener Amber Cunningham made a goofy face while classmate Cameron Hughes listened to the presentations during the school's National Blue Ribbon award celebration on Nov. 22. The school received the award for the first time at the end of September. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Jasper seniors Olivia June, left, and Avery Charron hugged as fellow drum major and senior Courtney Hayden smiled after performing in the Indiana State School Music Association state marching band finals at Lucas Oil Stadium on Nov. 2. Jasper placed fourth in Class B. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Miguel of Jasper, 4, hid in a cart held by Lance Lorey, a deputy with the Dubois County Sheriff's Department, to get away from his friend Esperanza of Jasper, 5, who was chasing him on Dec. 11 after the annual Cops and Kids event at Walmart in Jasper. The shopping spree, which benefited 55 children, was sponsored by the local Fraternal Order of Police and funded through donations from local businesses and individuals. The children, identified by first name only, are all members of Tri-Cap Head Start, a preschool program for low-income families. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Emma Stout of Jasper, 17, from bottom, her sister Annie, 15, and brother Garrett, 12, hitched a ride up the hill on a sled pulled by Dylan Schmitt of Jasper, 17, while sledding at Jasper Municipal Golf Course on Dec. 7. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Adrianna Rutherford, 8, giggled as she threw snow into the air in her front yard in Jasper during the snow day on Dec. 6. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Rae Bell, a resident of The Waters of Huntingburg, got a hug from Mrs. Claus after having a photo taken with her and Santa at a Christmas party for the residents and their families on Dec. 17 at the nursing home. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Junior Miss Herbstfest contestant Arrington Hartke, right, hugged fellow contestant Calista Martin, both 8 and of Holland, while the judges deliberated at League Stadium in Huntingburg on Sept. 27. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald